Georgetown-based singer-songwriter Alex Winters will step on a familiar stage when she returns to perform Friday night at Klassy Glass.
It’s the third time she’s appeared at the downtown Waco wine bar, but while the venue’s the same, she’s seen new faces each time.
“I find that I have some repeat fans, but so far the crowd has been different every time,” she said in a recent phone interview. “I always make new friends when I come.”
Winters has been making friends across Central Texas for nearly 15 years, catching ears with her melodic work on electric guitar and vocals and lyrics that sometimes take familiar subjects into unexpected territory.
A native of Yakima, Washington, where she evolved from just a teenager writing songs to performing them on stage, Winters visited Austin on a trip in the late 1990s and her young songwriting heart skipped a beat.
“As soon as I stepped off the plane, it felt like home,” she said.
Winters moved to Austin in 1999 and has stayed in the area ever since, although she now lives in Georgetown, where she frequently performs and leads a songwriting group.
She finds herself writing “mostly love songs,” although ones with twists, pain and the occasional surprise, and her musical instrument of choice is an electric guitar, though she’s often playing solo.
“For the most part, I’m a rocker at heart,” she said.
Winters released her first album, “Starting Over,” two years ago. Central Texas recording engineer Steve Palousek, who’s worked with Waco’s Holly Tucker, co-produced it at his Awesome Works Studio in Holland. She’s thinking about doing an EP as follow-up, once she writes enough songs — she started a songwriting group to get back into a habit of writing. Her day job, after all, is with an Austin-area software company.
“It’s how I afford my music habit,” she admitted. “Music is where my passion is, but it doesn’t always pay for my healthcare or my 401(k).”